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Title
Date
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Description
For this special performance, vibraphonist Kevin Hart and legendary pianist Donnie Heitler with team up with Crystal Rebone on bass and Jeff Magby on drums. This talented quartet will perform beloved standards as well as unique material from Kevin's CD The Road to Everywhere (which also includes performances by Donnie and Jeff). Presented in partnership with the CU Jazz Festival.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, October 23, 2017
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Do you enjoy writing stories? Join us for story-making fun this fall and work towards a personal writing goal!


Monday, October 23: Brainstorm! Bring a notebook and your ideas and we'll help you create a plan for your story.


Mondays, November 6 & 20: Write! Bring your story and join other young authors like yourself for inspiration!

Friday, December 1: Celebrate! Join us to celebrate all of your hard work!


For young people grades 3-8.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org or visit https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, October 23, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft about Japan!

For children ages 3-6 and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 27, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us as the Library partners with the Urbana Business Association to celebrate the season with family fun!

Activities include:

  • 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. -- Trick-or-treat at Children's Question desk

  • 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. -- Kid's spooky crafts in the Children's Area

  • 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. -- Spooky Story Time in Megan's Reading Room
  • 4:00 p.m. -- Costume parade starting in Children's Area

  • 4:30 p.m. -- Costume judging after parade




  • Brought to you by the Urbana Business Association and The Urbana Free Library.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 27, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
The East Central Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society invites you to participate in a National Chemistry Week celebration! These hands-on activities feature forensic-themed chemical demonstrations led by Bruce Fouke.

For grades K-12 (and those young at heart)

For more updates and information about National Chemistry Week in Urbana-Champaign, visit http://eastcentralillinois.sites.acs.org
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read at the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Come to this fun storytime about monsters and enjoy creating some monster crafts to take home followed by a spooky snack. Feel free to come in a costume if you'd like! This program is for ages 2-10 with a caregiver.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Learn to write music and listen to live performances. Children, teens, and adults are welcome.

All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for the Urbana, IL community.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids!
Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, MonopolyⓇ, and many more games will be available.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, November 03, 2017
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Do you like to create stories with words and pictures? Join us for time to write and illustrate your own stories, led by librarian and story maker Elaine Bearden.

Other dates in this series include:
Monday, December 4
Friday, January 12
Monday, February 12

For children in elementary school.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, November 03, 2017
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
The 9th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is here! Come join us for an evening of movin' and groovin' for the whole family. We will be making a host of percussive instruments in preparation for our very own dance party. Celebrate with us!

The Library will remain open until 8 p.m. for this First Friday event.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Description
The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, November 2 - 4, 2017.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with a Imbibe Urbana First Friday special event—A Family Dance Party. All ages are welcome to come make a percussion instrument and get movin' and groovin' with us!

Performances at the Library on Saturday, November 4, 2017:

Busey-Mills Reading Room:

10:30 a.m. - Prairie Breezes Concert with the No Worries Ukelele Band
12:45 p.m. - Jean-Rene Balekita (Congolese music)
2:00 p.m. - John Coppess and Martin Stromberg
3:30 p.m. - Dusty James and Abalone Pearl

Lewis Auditorium:

10:00 a.m. - Workshop: Herbal Self Care for Singers and Performers (Emma Dilemma)
12:30 p.m. - Storytelling
1:30 p.m. - Storytelling with Megan Wells
2:45 p.m. - Workshop with John Stanislawski
4:00 p.m. - Workshop with Megan Wells

Satterthwaite Conference Room:

11:00 a.m. - Songwriting Workshop with Morgan Orion
12:30 p.m. - Singing Workshop with Dennis Stroughmatt
2:00 p.m. - Crankie Making Workshop with Jess McIntosh

In addition, the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

This month’s special Prairie Breezes concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Description
The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, November 2 - 4, 2017.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with a Imbibe Urbana First Friday special event—A Family Dance Party. All ages are welcome to come make a percussion instrument and get movin' and groovin' with us!

Performances at the Library on Saturday, November 4, 2017:

Busey-Mills Reading Room:

10:30 a.m. - Prairie Breezes Concert with the No Worries Ukelele Band
12:45 p.m. - Jean-Rene Balekita (Congolese music)
2:00 p.m. - John Coppess and Martin Stromberg
3:30 p.m. - Dusty James and Abalone Pearl

Lewis Auditorium:

10:00 a.m. - Workshop: Herbal Self Care for Sings and Performers (Emma Dilemma)
12:30 p.m. - Storytelling
1:30 p.m. - Storytelling with Megan Wells
2:45 p.m. - Workshop with John Stanislawski
4:00 p.m. - Workshop with Megan Wells

Satterthwaite Conference Room:

11:00 a.m. - Songwriting Workshop with Morgan Orion
12:30 p.m. - Singing Workshop with Dennis Stroughmatt
2:00 p.m. – Crankie Making Workshop with Jess McIntosh

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

This month’s special Prairie Breezes concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Time
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Description
Discover photographs, documents, films, maps, and more artifacts held in the incredible archival and museum collections right here in Champaign County! Enjoy learning about these fascinating resources in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The Bazaar is FREE and features booths where you can chat it up with your local archivists and curators.

Ask professionals how to best preserve your memories, start researching your family history, record an oral history, or ask about the history of Champaign-Urbana and Champaign County. Come see all the diverse resources and history Champaign County has to offer.

Featuring: the Champaign County Historical Archives, Champaign County Genealogical Society, Champaign County History Museum, Homer Historical Society Museum, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Rantoul Historical Society, and UIUC Student Life & Culture Archives.

Door prizes, books for sale, and more!
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Description
Enjoy the magic of ukuleles accented with vocal harmonies, just a touch of choreography, and a "trick" strum or two.

For children and their families.

This month's Prairie Breezes family concert is a collaboration of The Urbana Free Library and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival and is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.


Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids!

Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time. Chess, MonopolyⓇ, and many more games will be available.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Come learn to write and hear music with live performers.

Children, teens, and adults welcome.

All Score Urbana is an action learning-based initiative that increases access to music composition resources for the Urbana community.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, November 06, 2017
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Do you enjoy writing stories? Join us for story making fun this fall and work towards a personal writing goal!


Monday, October 23: Brainstorm! Bring a notebook and your ideas and we'll help you create a plan for your story.


Mondays, November 6 and 20: Write! Bring your story and join other young authors like yourself for inspiration!

Friday, December 1: Celebrate! Join us to celebrate all of your hard work!


For young people grades 3-8.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org or visit NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Join yoga instructor Josie Heck for 30 minutes of relaxing and bonding yoga with your baby. Please bring a towel or blanket.

For parents and caregivers.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen to storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!

Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!

This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Illinois.

Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.

Para niños de todas las edades y sus familias.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids!

Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time. Chess, MonopolyⓇ, and many more games will be available.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
Come to this themed story time to enjoy stories, songs, and a craft or activity.

For children ages 2 - 4 and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
New York Times best-selling young adult author Maggie Stiefvater will be visiting the Library to talk about her new book, All the Crooked Saints, and her hit series The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle.

Her books range from werewolf love stories to legends about Cornish kings, but always at the heart are impossible dreams and the lengths we'll go to follow them.

Maggie Stiefvater has held many jobs, from portrait artist to wedding musician. Now she makes her living as an author, but she also draws and composes her own music. She even plays bagpipes.

A Q&A session and a book signing follow her talk. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

Enter to win a free copy of All the Crooked Saints, a front-row seat at the talk, and a spot at the front of the signing line!

There are three ways to enter:
1. Tweet us your favorite character from one of Maggie's books with the hashtag #TUFLMaggie.
2. Click "Going" on the official Facebook event page.
3. Fill out and submit an entry form at The Urbana Free Library.

The contest begins Saturday, September 23rd, and ends on Wednesday, November 1st. Winners will be contacted by Friday, November 3rd.

Paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts Grant and with the support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
You're invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening. (No electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night.) The Fall Book Sale will include a collection of vintage children's books.

Not a member yet? Join online or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Description
Bring the whole family for stories, songs and a craft to celebrate family reading!
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, November 17, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Fall Book Sale will include a collection of vintage children's books.

Not a member yet? Join online or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Fall Book Sale will include a collection of vintage children's books.

Not a member yet? Join online or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Let's help change our world through intentional kindness and make ceramic hanging wind chimes. Be Kind Illinois, which is part of the Ben's Bells Project, is calling on young artists to participate.

For children of all ages (7 and under with an adult).
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids!

Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time. Chess, MonopolyⓇ, and many more games will be available.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Fall Book Sale will include a collection of vintage children's books.

Not a member yet? Join online or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any Library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall.You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
It's the best of both worlds when Latin meets jazz! The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project is a fresh mix of outstanding jazz soloists, rich Afro-Cuban-inspired rhythms, and unique arrangements of jazz standards. The group is led by drumset artist and percussionist Craig Russo, who has a special interest in Afro-Cuban music styles.

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months
and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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For #1000BooksB4K information, click HERE .

Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.


Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library